Wednesday Mashup: Nazmania

Wednesday Mashup: Nazmania

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Good (victorious) morning, MLHS.

I’m still pretty excited about that second Kadri goal last night (he called it maybe the nicest he’s ever scored). His ninth point in his last seven games, it was a culmination of a good 200-foot sequence by the centerman: Kadri won the defensive zone draw before the puck worked its way around to Kulemin on the far wall. Kadri supported puck, dug it out, handed it off to Gunnarsson, and took off up the ice. Gunnarsson laid in a soft chip into a retrievable area down the left side for Lupul, who found Kadri, as he did all game, driving into the slot. Kadri turned Hedman inside out and deked past Bishop in one fluid movement. Poetry.

Speaking of the defensive zone draw win, Nazem won seven of seven last night and went 63% on the dot overall. If we take it back to a month ago today – back to the December 29th win over Carolina – Nazem Kadri has won 109 draws and lost 98 in the last fifteen games (53%). In his previous 36 games this season, Kadri won 220 and lost 307 (42%). Has something clicked?

If we drop the Dallas game, the Leafs have been making a collection of the best goalies in the game look pretty ordinary of late during this hot stretch: 24 goals total in six games against Rask, Miller, Price, Smith, Varlamov, and Bishop. That’s the offensive capacity of this team, in my eyes. Seeing the top line fly and the Kadri, Kulemin and Lupul trio offer a secondary threat is bringing back memories of last season’s sixth-best offense (league wide). The third line had its moments last night as well, but a piece like Bolland coming back and slotting in on line three could give this team the depth we’ve been pining for. The defense will probably never stop scaring us until its youngins have time to mature and management makes some improvements, but at least there seems to be a little more stability back there – provided Gleason is OK – and of course Bernier’s been there to clean up mess after mess.

Onto the links…

My game review from last night’s win
And Carlyle’s post game presser can be found here.

Jonas Siegel’s post game report
Touches on JvR’s career highs among other things.

Who knew the Lupul, Kadri and Kulemin line was smart?
Stats speak for themselves.

Kadri shines as Leafs cool off surging Lightning
Be nice to see Kadri hit 20 this year after all the huffing and puffing. He’s a playmaker first, but 6 in 26 is doable.

Tim Gleason’s injury isn’t serious according to Carlyle
Looked like it at the time.

Morgan Rielly: after a Leaf win against Tampa, the ceiling looks awfully high…
From Michael at VLM.

Here’s a list of Jonathan Bernier’s games sorted by shots against
That’s a lot of wins with 35 or more saves.

Dave Poulin talks trade deadline, state of the team
Transcription of Poulin’s interview on the radio yesterday.

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
718 comments
ingy56
ingy56

TSN..Home of the Sens...Turd Sports Network. 

ConnorCrisp
ConnorCrisp

Hey guys, anyone else on an iPad here getting auto redirected to the App Store to buy games when refreshing this page? It's a new thing and pretty frustrating

ingy56
ingy56

Listen to Mike Johnson chirp Martin St. Louis for "missing the target" on that save Bernier made last night. He couldn't carry St. Louis' dirty laundry to the cleaners. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

How many NHL teams have really hit a UFA signing out of the park since the cap came into effect?

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The Ducks landed Niedermayer.

The Bruins snagged Chara.

The Hawks eventually got Hossa.

The Wild obviously with Parise and Suter.

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Has anyone else actually changed their franchise's fortunes with a big UFA signing. Pretty much all the rest of them were duds as far as I can remember. Or they were good signings but not as impacting as expected/hoped. 


Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

Tavares and Kadri got along pretty well both on and off the ice when Tavares came to London.  If the Leafs ever traded for Tavares before he hits UFA, it would likely be Kadri ++ going back the other way. I know they're both centers now but I'd love to seem them play together again.

mike_84
mike_84

Should be interesting to see what our Bottom 6 looks like next year. Bunch of UFAs and a few guys who can't cut it could equal some interesting changes

mike_84
mike_84

Anyone have interest in the NYR ufas that are supposedly on the market

mike_84
mike_84

so when are we sending down McL?

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

I told the guys about it the other day. Same thing with me. It's the War Games ad on this page that is doing it. Alec said he was going to try to fix it but he said it might take some time. I don't even have to touch my screen, it just jumps to iTunes as MLHS page is loading.

dnksdad
dnksdad

I just touch my screen with my finger and it sends me to App Store. POS !

Cameron19
Cameron19

@ingy56 It was a great save, but St.Louis did botch the shot. He put his head down in disbelief because he didn't get it high enough. 

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Most good ones are ancient history now. Fewer and fewer real difference makers get to that point anymore, and because there are so few most UFA's are wildly overpaid in the frenzy.

ingy56
ingy56

@Cameron19 Seems like the trend now is to lock down your star players. Anything out there asking big money should be marked "buyer beware". 

ingy56
ingy56

@Burtonboy I hope he lays off the star power with the Leafs and concentrates on building a team instead. Bringing in big names hasn't worked in this market for any of the big three franchises. Build a proper team and the big names will arise out of that team concept. 

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Not sure how in cap sports 

ingy56
ingy56

@Cameron19 @ingy56 It looked like he had some momentum going towards the end boards so he probably didn't get all he wanted on the shot. 

ingy56
ingy56

@Cloud09 @DeclanK Just the MLSE gang. I think AA is busy doing his "State of the Union" presentation. That should be good. 

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@wiski @Burtonboy 

I've been saying for a year now that Stamkos could very well sign in Toronto upon UFA (2 years from now??).  After that, Tavares.

People think I'm nuts....but I could easily see it happening.


peterbleafs
peterbleafs

@BurtonboyMake cap related changes in advance of the offseason, then go for the right big name.  Im sure Nonis is leaning on Lewlickys rep to draw interest from FAs.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@leafdreamer @Cameron19 Because the conversation in this thread has largely been about the possibility of signing Girardi, who is asking for Bouwmeester money for the next 6 years, and then switched gears to the implication that Lieweke will be looking to attract UFA's to Toronto. 

GreekGod
GreekGod

@mike_84 @GreekGod 

Would rather use a Franson + + package if possible to go after somebody like Giordano...


Giordano - Phaneuf

Gardiner - Girardi

Rielly - Gleason

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

@ingy56

I say if that dbag Versteeg can make it the NHL, then Brown's good a great chance.

ingy56
ingy56

@mike_84 @ingy56 @Burtonboy Yes, more work to be done for sure, especially in the skill department , but Connor Brown could be a nice story. 

mike_84
mike_84

@ingy56 @Burtonboy Just look at whats coming down the pipeline for our Blue line. Looking pretty damn good.

ingy56
ingy56

@Burtonboy @ingy56 I only caught the last bit of it. If that's the case I'm happy. The game doesn't need to be sold in this market (hockey I mean) so developing players is the best route to building a team that will compete for championships year in and year out. They are on that path now thankfully. 

ingy56
ingy56

@mike_84 @ingy56 @Burtonboy I'll say it's all about developing the right player(s). Trades are fine too. Big name free agents just haven't worked out and damn few good ones are ever available any more. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @Cameron19 @wiski @Burtonboy Because the Islanders are a joke of a franchise with terrible ownership and worse management. He's going from the most embarrassing building in pro sports to a building that wasn't designed to feature hockey. And more than that, he just doesn't strike me as someone terribly happy to be in New York. I'm reminded of a couple of summers ago when the Islanders held a fan and media event of some kind, and Tavares was absent because he was doing something in Toronto.

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Stamkos on the other hand has Yzerman talking in his ear, Marty St.Louis working him, and a tax free paycheck with no pressure whatsoever...Ownership has stabilized by the looks of things, and the team is on the rise. 

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Denied @Burtonboy @mike_84 Read a piece form Cathal Kelly about that whole deal . Apparently Lebron owed him a favor and Timmy L had him speak with Defoe's mother when she was in Toronto. Selling her on how great a city Toronto is .

Denied
Denied

@Burtonboy@mike_84 Lebron helped recruit Defoe to Toronto? Really? I thought it was just Drake I never heard anything about Lebron

mike_84
mike_84

@Burtonboy @mike_84 And he is buddies with Drake. The only thing stopping him would be the loss of endorsements 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Burtonboy @Cameron19 @peterbleafs Well, I don't know how the NBA's cap works in comparison to the NHL, but loyalty aside, there isn't much incentive to go to market in the NHL if you're a big star. You get a year less on your deal guaranteed, and no one can really realistically offer you more than your current team anyways....

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Cameron19 @peterbleafs @Burtonboy I agree . Hockey players are loyal to a fault sometimes and rarely move. Not sure about the NBA but it looks to me like there is a lot more movement in that league